These are unusual, difficult times for young people and families. Fortunately, there are many resources available to those who need assistance during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency. We’ve collected some of them here to help youth and families stay healthy, keep up with their bills, and make sure their needs are being met. Thank you to Milwaukee Christian Center for helping us collect this information. Submit your resource to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Advocates’ sites are closed to the public during the Coronavirus public health emergency, but we are still providing services by phone and email, and our supportive housing and emergency shelter are still operating 24/7 with appropriate safety precautions. Some ways you can contact us:
Email: Contact Us
Domestic Violence Services
Services for those who have experienced domestic violence are still available around the clock:
Call: Milwaukee Women’s Center’s 24/7 Crisis Line: 414-671-6140
Call: In an Emergency Situation: 911
Call: Sojourner Family Peace Center 24-Hour Hotline: 414-933-2722
Click: Sojourner Family Peace Center: Guidance on Filing Electronic TROs
You can get a place in an emergency shelter and other resources by contacting Impact 2-1-1. Impact has temporarily suspended face-to-face appointments but they are conducting appointment by phone at the designated appointment time.
Call: 2-1-1 or 866-211-3380
Text: Text your zip code to 898-211
Milwaukee County Energy Assistance
All energy assistance application sites are closed to the public but appointments are being taken by phone. As of March 30, the program will only need to look at one month of the applicant's income. Schedule your appointment by calling or emailing:
Community Advocates Help for Renters
It’s important to keep paying your rent and utilities if you can so that you don’t face eviction or disconnection down the line. Here’s what you need to know:
Call: Rent HelpLine 414-270-4646
Community Advocates Help for Landlords
Your tenants may be going through a hard time during the COVID-19 public health emergency, so it’s important to stay in contact with them to prevent problems from developing. Here’s how you can do it:
Call: Rent HelpLine 414-270-4646
Resources for Families
Free, confidential coaching for parenting issues. Experienced parent coaches respond weekdays, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. After hours, Impact 211 responds.
Basic Needs Assistance
Health & Mental Health Resources
Disaster Distress Helpline:
- English: 1-800-985-5990
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text TalkWithUs to 66746; use your preferred relay services to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990; TTY 1-800-846-8517
- Spanish: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”; from the 50 States, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663; from Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663; click here for more information
Financial Navigators Program: Receive free support over the phone from a Financial Navigator who is trained to link callers with referrals and resources to navigate all types of needs related to financial stability.
Free Internet & Phone Data
Spectrum is offering free 60 days of internet to anyone with school closings due to the coronavirus. There are no other requirements or documents needed. Just call 844-488-8395.
FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Youth Development Resources
Youth-focused Zoom + Facebook Live discussion everyday at 3 p.m.
Simple daily art lessons on Facebook led by artist from the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
Milwaukee native uses puppets to discuss COVID-19 and being home from school. Check out the adventures of puppets Gizmo, Jamal, Commander Cluck, and Brother Joshua every day 10-10:30 a.m. via Facebook live.
Last updated: April 9, 2020